Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges writes a regular column for Truthdig.com. Hedges graduated from Harvard Divinity School and was for nearly two decades a foreign correspondent for The New York Times. He is the author of many books, including: War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning, What Every Person Should Know About War, and American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America.  His most recent book is Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle.

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Is Biden the solution? No. (Photo:  Win McNamee/Getty Images) Views
Monday, March 09, 2020
If It's Biden vs. Trump, This Year's One-Choice Election Will Be for Oligarchy
There is only one choice in this election. The consolidation of oligarchic power under Donald Trump or the consolidation of oligarchic power under Joe Biden. The oligarchs, with Trump or Biden, will win again. We will lose. The oligarchs made it abundantly clear, should Bernie Sanders miraculously...
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Open, nonviolent revolt against the oligarchic state is our only hope. (Photo: Mr. Fish) Views
Monday, March 02, 2020
Class: The Little Word the Elites Want You to Forget
Aristotle, Niccolò Machiavelli, Alexis de Tocqueville, Adam Smith and Karl Marx grounded their philosophies in the understanding that there is a natural antagonism between the rich and the rest of us. The interests of the rich are not our interests. The truths of the rich are not our truths. The...
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Assange would face a politicized show trial in the United States if he were extradited to face 17 charges under the Espionage Act for his role in publishing classified military and diplomatic cables, documents and videos that exposed U.S. war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) Views
Monday, February 10, 2020
What Is Happening to Assange Will Happen to the Rest of Us
David Morales, the indicted owner of the Spanish private security firm Undercover Global, is being investigated by Spain’s high court for allegedly providing the CIA with audio and video recordings of the meetings WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange had with his attorneys and other visitors when the...
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The embrace of collective self-delusion marks the death spasms of all civilizations. (Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) Views
Monday, February 03, 2020
America: Land of Make-Believe
If what happens in courtrooms across the country to poor people of color is justice, what is happening in the Senate is a trial. If the blood-drenched debacles and endless quagmires in the Middle East are victories in the war on terror, our military is the greatest on earth. If the wholesale...
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When ruling elites are unable to protect the rights and needs of citizens, or no longer interested in doing so, they become disposable. Views
Monday, January 13, 2020
How Democracies Die
Leo Tolstoy wrote that happy families are all alike, but every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. So too with failed democracies. There is no one route to the dissolution of the open society, but the patterns are familiar, whether in ancient Athens, the Roman Republic or the collapse of the...
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Sunday, January 05, 2020
War With Iran
The assassination by the United States of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, near Baghdad’s airport will ignite widespread retaliatory attacks against U.S. targets from Shiites, who form the majority in Iraq. It will activate Iranian-backed militias and insurgents in...
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Members of Rise and Resist gathered at Madison Square Park during the Veteran's Day Parade to demonstrate public outrage at Trump letting him know he is not welcome in a city he recently abandoned as a resident as well as not welcome as an alleged four-time draft dodger. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Views
Monday, December 23, 2019
The Moral Hypocrisy of Trump's Limited Impeachment
The impeachment process was a nauseating display of mortal hypocrisy. The sound bites by Republicans and Democrats swiftly became predictable. The Democrats, despite applauding the announcement of the voting results before being quickly silenced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, sought to cloak...
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The decay and rupture of the social bonds that once held our societies together have unleashed the dark pathologies of opioid, alcohol and gambling addictions and led to an explosion of hate crimes and mass shootings, along with suicide. (Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) Views
Monday, December 16, 2019
Hope Lies in the Streets
Global finance capital has seized control of the economies of most nation-states. The citizens watch, helplessly, as money and goods are transferred with little regulation across borders. They watch as jobs in manufacturing and the professions are shipped to regions of the global south where most...
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There is zero chance Trump will be removed from office in a trial in the Senate. (Photo: Mr. Fish) Views
Monday, December 09, 2019
The Great American Shakedown
The Democratic Party and its liberal supporters are perplexed. They presented hours of evidence of an impeachable offense, although they studiously avoided charging Donald Trump with impeachable offenses also carried out by Democratic presidents, including the continuation or expansion of...
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Aggressive policing is the bulwark of a segregated America. (Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) Views
Monday, December 02, 2019
The New 'Black Codes'
The police forces in impoverished urban communities, equipped with military-grade weapons and empowered to harass and kill largely at will, along with mass incarceration, are the principal tools for the social control of the poor. There is little pretense of justice and even less of protection and...
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